Members of the Kwara State House of Assembly have said the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is a pathological liar.
The minister, who hails from the state and Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq are feuding over the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. Their rift came to a head recently when AbdulRasaq in a thinly veiled reference to Mohammed, alleged him of embezzling his governorship campaign fund while he was APC candidate.
In return, the minister pushed back at the claim, saying the governor contributed no dime to his campaign fund and went on to say that he disbursed the judiciously including sharing some to the party candidates for the State House of Assembly to prosecute their elections.
Twenty-one out of the 24 lawmakers at a press conference they held in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Sunday denied receiving any money from Mohammed during their elections.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Raphael Olanrewaju Adetiba, a member representing Oke-Ero Constituency, gave their account wherein they accused the minister of being a pathological liar.
“We ordinarily should have ignored the Minister and took it as another lie from Lai Mohammed but for the unsuspecting members of the public and posterity, the record needs to be set straight.
“Lai Mohammed did not give any support in any form to members of the ninth legislature during the campaign and election; if he did, he should name who and what he gave out.
“Lai Mohammed did not participate in any of our election campaigns and did not also contribute financially to it.”
“Apart from the governorship candidate, the other support was the sum of N500,000 each that we received from the national headquarters of our party. Other than that, it was the governor who funded our expenses including logistics, souvenirs, posters and other campaign materials,” Adetiba said.